Posted By:Thomas Kerwin
Subject:Re: Owens or Owen
Post Date:March 13, 2013 at 05:57:23
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I’m not related to any member of this family.

1940 is the last available census at this time.

Facts you should know about the early census records –

All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.

NO specific age was stated for any family member
NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country
NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township
NO street address was stated
NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced
NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc…
NO occupation was stated
NO parental birthplaces are stated                     
NO race was stated [but assume “white”]
1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.

Step children are not enumerated as “step” children
Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted”
Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children”
Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members

1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces and family relationships +++

1840 -
Name: Abraham Owens
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Annsville, Oneida, New York
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 70 thru 79: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 3
Free White Persons - Under 20: 2
Total Free White Persons: 4
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 4

1850 -
Name: Abran C Owens
[Abraham C Owens]
Age: 81
Birth Year: abt 1769
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1850: Annsville, Oneida, New York
Gender: Male

Abran C Owens 81, NY
Betsey Owens 76, NY

1860 -
Name: Abram Owens
Age in 1860: 100
Birth Year: abt 1760
Birthplace: Connecticut
Home in 1860: Annsville, Oneida, New York
Gender: Male
Post Office: North Bay

James Owens 40, NY
Susan Owens 35, NY
James Owens 18, NY
Ann Eliza Owens 16, NY
Janette Owens 14, NY
Abram Owens 100, CT - he should be 90 as every person can ONLY age either 9 or 10 years from one census to the next. Check 1850 census for his age.

NY Vital Records -
New York began statewide registration of births, marriages, and deaths in 1880-81, under supervision of the State and local boards of health. Compliance with the law was incomplete until 1900 or even later; therefore certificates are lacking for many events.

Several of the State's larger cities recorded vital events for varying periods of time prior to 1880.